“Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which Hashem thy God giveth thee, tribe by tribe; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” Deuteronomy 16:18 (The Israel Bible™)
The Israeli Police Commissioner announced earlier this week that his department of law enforcement personnel is preparing for the arrival of the Messiah in a truly unique way.
Roni Alsheikh, the Israeli Commissioner of Police, was filmed at a celebration held by Chabad Hasidim in his neighborhood of Givat Shmuel, approximately 12 km from Tel Aviv, celebrating the 19th of the Hebrew month Kislev. The date is considered the New Year of Hasidut by many Hasidic Jews, commemorating when Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi’s release from prison in 1798. Rabbi Shneur Zalman is considered by many to be the first leader of the Chabad movement, a group dedicated to Jewish outreach.
Alsheikh spoke at the gathering, describing the role the Israeli police are playing in bringing about the arrival of the Messiah.
“We are very involved in preparing for the Messiah in the police,” Alsheikh said to the joyous Hasidim gathered. “Not only are we busy enforcing the law, we also try to enact preventative measures, how to strengthen mutual consideration for our fellow man.”
“We, the police, are very involved in strengthening the Mitzvot (Bible commandments) between man and his fellow,” Alsheikh continued. “When the Messiah comes, everyone will want to come close to him so it will get very crowded,” predicted the commissioner. “That will be a time when we will have to be very strong in respecting our fellow man.”
Alsheikh was ascribing a function to the police that is incumbent upon everyone, stated as a Biblical commandment in Leviticus.
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am Hashem. Leviticus 19:18
The commissioner’s mission to focus on the Biblical requirement of ‘love your fellow’ is timely indeed. The holiday of Hanukkah, which ended on Sunday, commemorates the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and their triumph over the Hellenized (assimilated) Jews. At the time, Israel was torn apart by conflict: there was rampant hatred between the Jews, to which rabbis attribute the destruction of the Holy Temple.
“There is no doubt that happiness and serving God will bring us closer,” Alsheikh said at the gathering. “Soon, God willing, we will need to start preparing for the security operation necessary upon the arrival of the Messiah.”